Travel Physical Therapist License Processing Timeframes by State

Below are the average license processing times for traveling physical therapists per state

Please note that timeframes for verifications, transcripts, score transfers and background checks can affect the processing times, and each person’s situation may vary slightly. Please check with your traveling physical therapy recruiter to get more detailed information.

Verifications: Most states require verifications of all professional PT licenses ever held, both current and expired. There is typically a form within the application package that you can use to submit your verification requests. You will need to copy this form and use one for each state in which you have ever been licensed. We recommend that you check with those state boards to find out the mailing address and fee for verifications.

Score Transfer: All states require you to request a transfer of your NPTE scores. The link to the request page on the FSBPT website can be found here. This request is an online process where you will submit your information and payment via the FSBPT website. Your score report will be automatically transferred to the board within 5 business days.

Transcripts: Some states require original transcripts delivered directly from your school. Please read through the application carefully to see if this situation applies. If transcripts are required, the application package may contain a request form you can use to submit to your school. Always check with your school to confirm where these requests are to be sent and find out if they charge a fee for this service. Important: State boards will not accept copies of transcripts that you might already have received. They must be originals sent directly from the school.

CEUs: Some states require the completion of CEUs for licensure. Please read through the application carefully to see what CEUs, if any, are required for initial licensure.

State Timeframe Compact Application Notes
Alabama 3-5 weeks no Alabama PT Form  
Alaska 4-6 weeks no Alaska PT Form  
Arizona Based on board meeting yes Arizona PT Form  
Arkansas 1 week no Arkansas PT Form  
California 5-7 weeks with LiveScan; 8-10 weeks with fingerprint cards no California PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Colorado 4-6 weeks yes Colorado PT Form  
Connecticut 2-3 weeks no Connecticut PT Form  
Delaware 4-8 weeks no Delaware PT Form  
District of Columbia Board review- 3rd Tuesday of each month no District of Columbia PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
Florida 2-3 weeks no Florida PT Form  
Georgia 5-7 weeks no Georgia PT Form  
Hawaii 4-5 weeks no Hawaii PT Form  
Idaho 3-4 weeks no Idaho PT Form  
Illinois 6-8 weeks no Illinois PT Form  
Indiana 2-4 weeks no Indiana PT Form  
Iowa 2-4 weeks yes Iowa PT Form  
Kansas 2-3 weeks no Kansas PT Form  
Kentucky 1-2 weeks yes Kentucky PT Form

HIV/AIDS education course required through state

Louisiana 1-2 weeks after board meeting yes Louisiana PT Form

Proof of 30 CEUs within past 2 years; interview with board required for licensing

Maine 2-3 weeks no Maine PT Form Online application
Maryland 1-2 weeks no Maryland PT Form  
Massachusetts 5-6 weeks no Massachusetts PT Form License processed through PCS in Tennessee
Michigan 6-8 weeks no Michigan PT Form  
Minnesota 5 days (temp permit) no Minnesota PT Form Online application; full license issued with board meeting
Mississippi 1-2 weeks yes Mississippi PT Form

Online application; fingerprint cards required

Missouri 6 weeks yes Missouri PT Form  
Montana 2 weeks after board meeting no Montana PT Form Online application
Nebraska 1-2 weeks yes Nebraska PT Form  
Nevada 3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 6-8 weeks with fingerprint cards no Nevada PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
New Hampshire Board review- 3rd Wednesday of each month yes Call 603.271.8389 to obtain an application

Must obtain criminal history reports from any state lived/worked in (done through state police); request application from board

New Jersey 4-8 weeks no New Jersey PT Form LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
New Mexico 1-3 weeks no New Mexico PT Form  
New York 4-8 weeks no New York PT Form  
North Carolina 2-3 weeks after board review yes North Carolina PT Form  
North Dakota 1-2 weeks yes North Dakota PT Form

Online application

Ohio 3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 3-4 months with fingerprint cards no Ohio PT Form Online application
Oklahoma Board review (3 meetings per year) no Oklahoma PT Form  
Oregon Temp permit issued 2-3 days with one license verification yes Oregon PT Form

1 hour pain management course required

Pennsylvania 2-3 weeks no Pennsylvania PT Form Online application
Rhode Island 4-6 weeks no Rhode Island PT Form  
South Carolina 4 weeks no South Carolina PT Form Online application
South Dakota Varies  no South Dakota PT Form Online application
Tennessee 3-6 weeks yes Tennessee PT Form

LiveScan or fingerprint cards required

Texas 1-2 weeks yes Texas PT Form

Online application

Utah 2-4 weeks yes Utah PT Form  
Vermont 1-2 weeks no Vermont PT Form  
Virginia 1-2 weeks no Virginia PT Form Online application
Washington Temp permit within 3-4 weeks no Washington PT Form AIDS education and traning required
West Virginia 2-3 weeks no West Virginia PT Form  
Wisconsin 1-2 weeks no Wisconsin PT Form  
Wyoming 3-4 weeks no Wyoming PT Form Fingerprint cards required

 

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